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Mother's Day weekend tradition: East Sacramento Garden Tour

Six stunning private gardens, boutique to be open for popular event

Six stunning gardens -- including this one -- and three school gardens are on this year's East Sacramento Garden Tour, held per tradition on Mother's Day weekend.

Six stunning gardens -- including this one -- and three school gardens are on this year's East Sacramento Garden Tour, held per tradition on Mother's Day weekend. Courtesy East Sacramento Garden Tour

Expect to see hundreds of people with smiling faces wandering the Fabulous Forties (and Terrific Thirties) this weekend – especially many mothers and daughters.

A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, the beloved 24th annual East Sacramento Garden Tour returns Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12. A fundraiser for David Lubin Elementary School’s student programs, this popular event draws hundreds of patrons to peek inside the private gardens of one of Sacramento’s most venerable neighborhoods.

This year, six stunning outdoor spaces plus three school gardens will be featured. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the private gardens each has a theme: Drought-tolerant, classic courtyard, urban farm, secret garden, outdoor oasis and vibrant sustainable.

In addition, the event’s boutique and cafe will be open again at Lubin School, featuring several local vendors and plenty of “made in Sacramento” gift ideas.

Advance tickets ($25) are available online; tickets on tour weekend ($30) are sold at Lubin School. Separate wine garden tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on tour weekend. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free to the tour.

Admission to the boutique and cafe is free. David Lubin School is located at 3535 M St., Sacramento.

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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